A wonderful story of England in the years of the First World War and how the English society changed as a result.
I gave this one 100 pages but couldn't get interested. I can see where it would make a great saga miniseries but on the page it seemed dull to me. I know it's well thought of and all that, but life is too short.
If you've read "The Thorn Birds" and are casting around for another 'I-it-would-never-end' novel, well here's "The Passing Bells." From the well-kept lawns, rich woodlands, and gracious halls of abingdon Pryory, from the elegant charm of summer of London's Park Lane to the devastation of Ypres and the horror of Gallipoli, this is the story of the Grevilles - two generations of a titled British family and their servants - men and women who knew their place, upstairs and down, until England went to war and the whole fabric of the British society began to unravel and change...
This is the first of a trilogy of books about a noble British family, the Grevilles, and their friends and servants, all of whom are afflicted by the First World War. It's somewhat predictable and has some stereotypical characters, but is also consistently interesting and is basically a "good read".
The story of the Grenvilles - 2 generations of a titled British family and their servants, people who knew their place, until England went to war and the whole fabric of British society began to unravel and change.